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Idioms : dogs, cats and mice.
It is a well-known fact that Anglo-Saxons are crazy about animals, and have quite a lot at home. These pets are part of the people's lives, therefore, it's not surprising to notice that they're very often mentioned in idioms. Let me remind you too, that as La Fontaine has shown it in his Fables, it's much easier and more convenient to criticize animals than to speak about oneself or one's neighbours!
1) Idioms dealing with dogs...
* "a three-dog night" is a very cold night, when dogs have to cuddle and huddle to keep warm, "three" being the minimum number of dogs to guarantee efficiency!
2) Expressions mentioning cats...
3) After cats... mice!
Reminder: the word "a mouse" has an irregular plural in English: a mouse=> two mice.
* "A mouse potato"= "an addict to the computer" as an imitation to the expression "a couch potato"= the person who is slouching on a couch, in order to watch TV, swallowing "junk food". (= very unhealthy "food")
This was the first series of idioms concerning animals... Let's hope that dogs, cats and mice have got on well together!
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